You Child Can Win a Trip to NYC and $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond

Does your first- through twelfth-grader love to write? Here’s a great opportunity for kids to win a a trip to New York City and money for college.

Olive Garden is holding its 15th-annual Pasta Tales essay-writing contest. This year, they’re asking students to “Describe how furthering your education beyond high school will help make your dreams come true.”  The contest grand prize is a three-day trip to New York City and a $2,500 savings bond.

The contest will give students in the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to share their stories in essays of 50 to 250 words.  Entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden’s website and at local Olive Garden restaurants.

In addition to Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales grand prize of a three-day trip to New York City, including dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond, winners will be named in each grade category and awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Entries must include the writer’s first and last name, complete address, phone number, grade, date of birth and a statement that the work is his or her own.  Entries must be submitted either online or postmarked by Jan. 21, 2011 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308-1916.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden.

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